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The old Orange County Republican stronghold appears to be gone, as voters turned out in huge numbers in the presidential election in favor of Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to new final figures.

It was the first presidential win in the county for a Democrat since FDR was reelected in 1936, and the turnout was an eye-popping 80.7 percent of eligible voters.

That topped the 67.3 percent figure for the 2012 election, according to final results certified Tuesday.

Ballots were mailed in by 45.3 percent of registered voters, while 33.6 percent went to the polls on Election Day with 2 percent going to an early voting location.

In the 2012 election, 34.2 percent voted by mail and 32.8 percent at a polling place.

A Democrat received the most votes for president in Orange County for the first time since Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s landslide second term victory in 1936.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton topped businessman Donald J. Trump 50.9 percent to 42.3 percent, according to the final results. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 3.9 percent of the vote and Green Party candidate Jill Stein 1.5 percent.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination, received 6.239 write-in votes, or 0.5 percent.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, lost to Attorney General Kamala Harris in Orange County for the U.S. Senate by a 53.3 percent to 46.7 percent margin.

In other close races, Democrat Josh Newman defeated Republican Ling Ling Chang 50.7 percent 49.3 percent in the Orange County portion of the 29th Senate District, with Newman winning 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent for the entire district, which also includes portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, wrested back her Assembly seat from incumbent Republican Young Kim 53.2 percent to 46.8 percent, helping to assure Democrats recover supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature.

—City News Service

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